General excise tax hike mulled as county drains fund balance
HILO — Mayor Harry Kim on Friday sent the County Council a bill to raise the general excise tax by one-half percent to balance next year’s budget, while telling a state legislative panel the county exhausted its fund balance to pay for this year.
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Swedish level taxes for Guatemalan level results.
good one….Christ,i hope Hawaii does not become a 3rd world shithole…ops
It only hurts when I laugh…
Why don’t they EVER cut spending???? If we keep voting these fools in I guess it’s our own fault……And with all these new pay increases, expect to see higher taxes.
The last mayor was the only one in history to cut spending in this county year after year. I guess the people wanted to get milked again, so they brought back Harry, who doubled spending his first go around.
Spend and tax, spend and tax.
Thanks to long time democrats stranglehold on power that cater to public unions leaving taxpayers with outrageous tax burdens.
“If the state hadn’t taken such a large chunk of the TAT, the county wouldn’t be so financially stressed”
True, we are paying for the light rail boondoggle in the cancer on the Central Pacific, but does anyone believe without that drain they still wouldn’t be running out of money? Considering all the grotesque scandals and ineptitude of this past year?
So what’s the answer? Elect fiscally conservative public officials? Not much chance of that, there is no choice in elections in this state, it’s just which socialist ends up winning the dog and pony show.
Socialist? Harry Kim? He’s a Republican and always has been, as far as I can remember.
Hardly, he professed to be one for awhile when he first ran for mayor in 2000. He’s been an “independent” for at least 15 years. The Democrats in 2006 tried to recruit him to run against then Republican governor Linda Lingle.
There was actually a time in this state when Republicans weren’t joke candidates, no more. All 25 Senators are Democrats, and 46 out of 51 Representatives. There are no general “elections” anymore.
No republican would let the budget get out of control like Harry Kim (unless it was on war, of course). His first run as mayor he DOUBLED the spending. Let’s see what happens this time.
Hawaii and Hawaii County – the very definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results! Get off the Democrat / Progressive plantation folks…vote for a conservative.
Um . . . have you forgotten that Harry Kim is a Republican?
I recall he jumped ship from one to the other prior to it being non-partisan. Harry is for Harry and his friends.
Really? You want to use that moniker for him? He just forgot to change his voter registration status…..too lazy.
I sheeps clothing
Sign of dementia Harry? You and your entire cabinet just got the largest raises in county history and the very same week you ask to raise taxes because of a shortfall? Glad I didn’t vote for this loser.
Disgraceful! 20-30% raises for country officials and then huge tax increase for island residents (and visitors).
Just say it:
We the government workers deserve your money more than you do (even though you worked for it).
We, the government workers, are entitled to a excessive salary and benefits at your expense.
Given that Mayor Kim knows that the Excise Tax is the most regressive of taxes; why does he choose to raise this tax rather than the property tax which has many options to ease the burden on those least able to afford it. The homeless by definition pay no property tax and property tax on low income rentals is half that of normal property tax.
rent goes up and it is also paid for by lower income. at 30k (after all with holdings) and assume 100% is spent……$3.00/week
Haaa, Haaa, Haaa!
Big raises, 50% of the budget for themselves
(debt, cushy pension, cushy medical, goberment, bribing leeches/loafers/drugges, etc)
And, of course, real estate taxes are UP! UP! UP!
but YOU need to pay more!!!
Especially if you don’t have much money!!
Haaa, Haaa, Haaa.
Oh, and by the way,
they need to lay off police/fire/first responders
…cuz that will get YOUR attention!
Haaa, Haaa, Haaa
Old mans losing his mind on our dime. What a Rat.
Does the county think we are stupid? Apparently so! Giving huge, HUGE, unearned raised to all the top county officials, and then turning around and trying to raise the GE tax so they can extract their raises out of our hard-earned, already taxed-to-the-hilt incomes?
hey harry,Dont raise the tax because you cannot manage the government correctly,stop giving so much away in welfare,stop the waste,corruption,ignorance and stupidity and maybe there will not be a need
That’s the problem, Harry Kim never properly managed this county ever. He mismanaged throughout his tenure but had the benefit of the “fat” years. His campaign lie of restoring trust was actually his promise to restoring his friends pockets with tax payer money, sadly there’s more to come. We should demand accountability from every appointed official and make their sorry excuses public.
SO YOU RAISE TAXES ON THE POOR RESIDENTS TO PAY FOR THE DRIFTERS. THAT MAKES ALOT OF SENSE. ….NOT!
MAYBE IF YOU STOPPED TREATING THE VAGRANTS SO WELL THEY WOULD GO ELSEWHERE?
Harry Kim has no management ability, and this proves it. Run the money down then tax more. Why didn’t he work on this sooner if he knew the fund balance was going down?
The political system in Hawaii is nothing more than legal organized crime. It is not going to change. They have a good thing going.
“It was very clear that what I had to do as an elected official, the thing we hate to do, and that is raise taxes,” Kim told the panel in Honolulu. I really don’t think he has that big of a problem with it. How about we start with getting someone that can run the BI and not let spending spiral out of control by filling the coffers of his buddies? Fix that first and then see if we have enough money!
It’s the Hawaiian Robin Hood.
Rob from the poor. Give it to Big Government.
Kim should be embarrassed he could have really fought for the telescope (TMT) 4% of 1.4 Billion would raise 560 Million. Not promoting economic development while increasing tax percentages does not end well unless you work for the government of course.
This county and state are a lost cause……and yet we continue to recycle the same old tired ideas by the same old lame politicians. Time for some real change……